Scout vs Soldier Response

     1. Give an example of a time that you had a scout mindset.

I regularly have a scout mindset when I’m working on research. For example, during the previous school year, I had to find data to prove that climate change is real. Online, we were given some cities with data that mentioned what was the increase or decrease of temperature between a certain set year to 2017.  I was more inclined to choose the first couple of cities that was given to me, or cities where it was proven that there was an increase of temperature during set years (because I believed that climate change was, in fact, real). However, I instead chose to do an unbiased why to collect my data by closing my eyes until my friend told me to stop clicking the mouse to land on a different city. I find that having a scout mindset is very important when you are doing research on anything! There is absolutely no point in doing research if you are going to maintain your opinion throughout your analysis. 

2. Give an example of a time that you had a soldier mindset.

For most of the time, I find myself unconsciously biased and having a solider mindset. For example, when I see someone in public, I automatically stereotype them without thinking. In other words, the stereotypical and biased side of me pulls towards a side and opinion, whether I intentionally want to or not. If some guy were to be smoking, my mind characterizes them as somebody who is dangerous. As a result, I step away from them. In reality, not everyone that smokes are dangerous. Most of the time, they are normal and kind people with normal life.  

Other times, I can be biased consciously. I can be strongly opinionated when I’m watching a TV show or a sports game. If there is someone or a team from the region where I live, I would evidently root and defend them despite all their faults. If there is a foul against a team I liked, I would get mad and try to defend them. If there was foul against the other team, I would encourage that result. Another example can be whenever I’m having debates with my friends.  There was this one occurrence where we were arguing about what age a person is when they enter kindergarten. One if my friends maintained the opinion that children begin their first year of school at the age of 5, whereas the other believed it was 6. Because I was closer, socially, to the girl who proclaimed it was the age 5, I automatically chose that side of the argument. Another example of an argument we had includes the time where we argued whether watching a movie online was illegal. In this case, I again automatically defend the girl who I was socially closer to. Essentially, we all understood, at some extent, that we were all wrong; however, none of us wanted to admit it. All our arguments were non-meaningful and were used to just poke fun at each other. However, not all arguments are “playful”, and it can be for the better or worse to stand up for what you believe in.

3. What do you think it means to be labeled?

To be labelled is to be stereotyped. It is to be categorized into a large group of people where individuality doesn’t matter. It is a superficial view and judge of a person. It is what individuals think about what a certain person can do or not. When you label someone, you put them inside a box. The “clever” kids in school are all nerds. “Attractive” people are always unintelligent. However, people don’t belong in boxes. In reality, every single individual is complex. It is crucial to think about them outside their box and understand what they are capable of and who they actually are. So maybe "clever” people aren’t nerds, or maybe “attractive” people are smart. Consequently, I believe labelling people is an incredibly limiting system of thought and needs to be understood for its true nature. However, it doesn't mean that it is necessarily a bad thing or a good thing to be labelled.


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Scout Mind Set

Personally, I find myself constantly having a scout mind set because I tend to be indecisive so I investigate both sides of the story before coming up with a conclusion. A prime example of myself having a scout mindset was deciding which courses to pick for my grade 11 year of high school. When we first received the course selection sheet, I was determined to cram all the main subjects and take all the sciences into one year. After talking to my parents, friends and councillors I realized that it wasn’t in my best interest to try and take all the courses at once because it would be too overwhelming. As an alternative, I will still take all the courses I desire, but attend summer school therefore I can focus more on each class rather than worrying about my future.

Another example would be my summer job where I taught young children to golf because there are many different ways to hit a golf ball and I needed to be ready to explain it in multiple different ways. When teaching children, I found it extremely difficult to teach them all the same way because children learn in many different ways some visual while others hands on. Using my scout mindset, I was able to successfully teach the children the basics of golf my hearing other coaches’ suggestions on teaching while using my own techniques.   

Solider Mind Set

I generally feel I don’t have a solider mind set on a daily basis but when I am debating a topic I am passionate about I do. I remember when I was in English class, we had a class debate about uniforms. My heart was set on the positive of yes uniforms should be implemented throughout schools in the lower mainland whereas most of my classmates were on the opposing side. Instead of falling for peer pressure and following in suit of my friends, I decided to stand my ground and my beliefs. We debated for a long time and with my solider mind set, I never switched sides and I debated my personal opinions on the topic. I believe having a solider mind set in this particular scenario was a positive because I was able to voice my beliefs and hopefully persuade some people to join my side.


I believe being labelled is putting people into a specific category based off of many circumstances like age, gender, beliefs or race. Labelling is very similar to stereotyping because you are putting a label or opinion on a person even though you may not have talked to them before. A lot of labelling takes place off of physical appearances since it’s slightly harder to label someone's personality. Although people are labeled all the time, I feel as we subconsciously do it even though it’s known as a bad thing. Personally, being labeled can be a positive or negative thing depending on what you make of it.

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This mindset has been needed in my life in many areas. In Butterfly Effect or any research assignments, approaching the topic with an unbiased point of view is super important. Gathering information like a scout and interpreting the data that could be found so it could be useful. This means finding contrasting sides to information and critically analyzing if this information is good enough. However, scout mindset has not only been in my researching part of my life, it also has been in practical parts too. As a former peace squad member, online listener, and Peer Counselor, we must approach problems risen to us with unbiased minds. Many situations come up where two parties had a disagreement, even though I know these people, I still have to keep a neutral standpoint to learn, and resolve the situation. 


A strong advocate mindset is also beneficial sometimes. On a simple example would be when I am in debate, or presenting an argumentative topic (like uniforms, candy, sanctions etc) to defend and persuade people (either back in debate club, Model UN or class). Such as, my persuasive speech about issues of a bridge back in middle school. School is a great example, I do what I personally want to do rather than aimlessly following social norms. Within deeper levels, soldier mindset is required when it comes down to you especially. My take is that, whenever it hits my values, my rules of life, and reasons, i stand with it. However I do mix with scout mindset because these are flexible, they aren't set in stone. For the most part, I stand my ground, thus a soldier mindset is present.



To be labeled is, in a general, putting a name to people individually or as a group. This can be consciously deciding it or subconsciously doing so. I believe it stems from the nature of how you grew up, and what current situations reside around you. This can be stereotyping to generalizing a specific group. Labelling may help with organizing to an extent but most cases it is used in a negative light. This occurs regardless on different levels, in age, sex, race, origin, rank, social status, location with each of its own labels. Additionally to all this, I think labels can be simple and harmless as "that person is friendly" In other words, titles are another sense of labels. 

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Scout mindset

When I am doing anything for school whether it is research, a project,etc, it's important to not be biased so that is probably where I use my scout mindset the most.  For an example, if your teacher wanted the work done in a certain format such as full sentences and that is not the way you'd like to do it, you have to use your scout mindset and see past your bias so you can get a good mark. Another example could be is having your own mind. What I mean by this is if you have a certain opinion on something, let's say your favorite color and then let's say all your friends don't agree with you and have a different favorite color. Having a scout mindset would mean you just stick with your own opinion and not change it just because your friends see it differently because it your preference. 

Soldier mindset

I find that most of the times I have a soldier mindset is when I'm in a debate of some sort.  A friend of mine and I like to debate a lot over the smallest things and in those situations I find myself not even trying to see their side and instead just look for points that support me. I get caught up in the fact that I want to win and completely forget about anything else. There are also times like in my team sport games where I will obviously have a bias towards my team, and if there is a light penalty or whatnot I will be annoyed but if it was towards the team I'm playing against, I wouldn't mind at all. However,  I don't really have a soldier mindset daily probably because I have a habit of overthinking everything and being indecisive so I usually do take time and think things over a lot but there are the times such as the ones I mentioned where I do have a soldier mindset. 


I believe this means being putting into groups based on things such as your age,  sex, appearance, race,etc. It is something that is built off stereotypes.  I feel that majority of the time it is very subconscious and something that you don't actually think about, your brain just automatically does it based on stereotypes and knowledge you already have.  I once read a quote that basically was saying it's not the first thought that comes to mind that defines you, it's the second one that does. I think it does make a lot of sense because most of the time, it's your subconscious that comes up with the first thought and then you consciously usually come up with the second thought. For example, there's been times where my subconscious automatically thinks something negative about someone, or something. My second thought would usually be something about how I shouldn't be thinking that and it's wrong to think that and then I usually ignore that first thought.  However, I feel like people might see the word labeled and think it's a bad thing, which it can be but that doesn't mean it's never positive either. It all depends on the circumstances, the situation, etc.  

1. Example of a time I had a scout mindset: 

In my science 10 class last year, we had to analyze data to determine whether climate change is happening. I had a scout mindset because if I had wanted to, I could have only used the data from certain cities around the world that had warming temperatures since I had already believed in climate change and wanted to prove myself right. Instead though, I chose cities completely at random so that I would get a realistic set of data that represented more accurately the changing temperatures around the world, rather than just choosing the ones that backed up my belief. 

2. Example of a time I had a soldier mindset: 

During this same activity, I also found use of my soldier mindset. Once I’d already established my belief in climate change after analyzing the data in an unbiased way, when we were having a group discussion and somebody said that they don’t think climate change is really happening and that we’re making a big deal out of nothing and that it’s not our generation’s problem anyways, I and my other group members tried to convince them otherwise. We respectfully tried explaining the evidence we had just found to prove that climate change is happening and how much worse it will get if the temperatures continue to rise at this rate, making it our problem if we want future generations to have a better life.

3. What I think it means to be labelled: 

To be labelled I think means to be judged based on your appearance, gender, sexuality, race, religion, etc., without even getting to know the person first. Pretty much everyone is guilty of having a preconceived opinion on people, usually due to stereotypes society has taught us. We can’t always help it. Nevertheless, it’s important that we don’t judge someone’s character entirely from things such as their appearance or beliefs, because while stereotypes are often based off of small truths, they’re often inaccurate at showing what a person is truly like, and they don’t define us. 

1. Give an example of a time you had a scout mindset.

An example of a time I had a scout mindset was a few weeks ago when I was discussing music tastes with one of my friends. They happen to be a fan of country music--a genre I rather dislike. They gave me a list of their top songs and I went home and listened to some of them. I found they some of them actually weren't bad at all! Instead of adopting the mindset of "I hate country music so these songs are going to be awful" and announcing their wrongness, I looked for the full truth; is there some good to country music that I am not seeing? I was glad I did, for I found a new song that I can jam out to (Achy Breaky Heart is a bop, I will admit).

2. Give an example of a time you had a soldier mindset.

Obviously, when debating with others I tend to adopt a soldier mindset; instead of seeing the evidence showing another person could be right, I take that evidence and showcase it in a different light to prove that I am right. An example of this happening was when I was arguing with my friend a little while back about whether or not we had attended a Cross Country Meeting or not. I argued that we had raced in the practice one, but she thought we had participated in the "real deal," if you will. I argued with her because I was positive that I was correct, and I was unwilling to budge. Every point she offered I would correct, or I would use it to prove my point even further. In the end, I was right, and my strong stance sort of helped her to come to that conclusion (don't worry, it was a friendly debate).

3. What does it mean to be labeled?

Personally, I believe that labels are generally unproductive and negative. One of the biggest issues about labeling is that no label can completely capture a person; someone who is "nice" will always have a moment of meanness, as someone who is "smart" will always have a subject they are "stupid" in. Most importantly, these titles reduce people to a surface-level judgement; that is, instead of seeing the complex character of an individual, you see them as a single word, whether that be a positive one or a negative one. Even positive labels can be detrimental to people. Take the example of "you're so smart, you probably aced this test." What if they didn't? Does that make the individual a disappointment, an anomaly, or stupid? 

1. A time i had a scout mindset

I always try my best to have this mindset, but most of the time i am unsuccessful.  I have very strong opinions and i get emotionally attached witch does not help.  I think if everyone had this mindset there would be much less conflict and hate in the world, witch is why i believe that we should be teaching this form day 1, not when you get to high school and your suppost to change the minds of kids growing up in this generation.  Personally, i can't really think of one specific time that i used this mindset.  I try to every day walking down the street and seeing people, or when i'm doing a research project.  Last year, for science we were doing an inquiry project, and like most times you pick a subject cause your passionate about it.  Meaning, you have already formed you opinion.  I really tried my best to provide both sides of the argument and have a fair conclusion. 

2.A time i had a soldier mindset

Personally i and i wold say most others, believe that everyone starts off with a soldier mindset.  Even if you are taught not to assume anything and to always look at both sides, everyone will always end up with their own opinion forming in their head, if you want it or not.  A time i had a soldier mindset was at least 3 times today.  But ill choose this weekend.  Me, my mom and my dad were talking about socials, more specifically the residential schools and aboriginals today.  I already knew exactly what i thought and made sure my opinion got across.  But that's just it; my opinion.  My dad is very good at the scout mindset so naturally he took the other side.  In this case i won, after he realized that i had more facts and proof to back me up.  This case, especially cause i like to prove my dad wrong, having a soldier mindset was just what i needed, but sometimes it gets in the way of widening your knowledge for different topics and things you never thought of.

3. what it means to be labelled:

Being labelled is assuming things of people based on what they look like, their age, gender, race. religion etc.  I think that's the biggest flaw in people today,  that we still just go off of assumptions, rather than finding out for yourself.  Being labelled limits you, puts you down, gives you less opportunities and so much more.  When we label people were not only hurting them, were hurting ourselves, were hurting the opportunities that person could have provided you.  The person you saw and didn't introduce yourself too could have been the love of your life.  The person you saw and because of their gender, didn't give a chance to, could have been someone that changes your life.  Overall being labelled benefits no one and only causes pain and spreads hate.  It is damaging to people and their careers.   Of coarse i am talking go about a much larger scale, but all these things really do happen.


1. Scount Mindset 

A scout mindset plays in a role in many decisions that we make in our lives. On a day to day basis, how we react to others plays an important role of how we are perceived by others. For example, I competitively swim on a biweekly basis. Two weeks ago, my coaches and swim maters were watching me swim my metres sprints. As a result, I received critique and suggestions for improvement by coaches and even the swimmers on my team. When this happens, I think it is very important that I take this new information under careful consideration and I always analyze it with an open mind and curiosity. I try not to let my personal ego or own opinions cloud what other thinks, because every opinion can be viewed from different perspectives. 

2. Soldier Mindset 

A soldier mindset usually depends on being quick to judge, and defending yourself by perceiving an action or saying as an offense. For example, I had a group project in French class where we all had to bring our ideas for a skit to class the next day. I had worked really hard trying to find the perfect dialogue, and quotes for the project. However, when I shared my work that had been done the next day, I received a lot of critiques and what I viewed as judgement. As as result, I was quick to defend myself and express my frustration to my peers. I immediately thought they were wrong and did not take their opinions into consideration. I learned that it is essential in life to have an open mindset and to really be mindful and aware of what other people are thinking as well as my judgement. 

3. Labeling

In my point of view, labeling can be seen as judging someone when you are not completely aware of their full identity. You are quick to assume their daily lives and what they are and are not capable of doing. This can also be compared to stereotyping, where one judges someone else because of their ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, etc. It leads to a generalization of a group of people which could lead to prejudice and discrimination within our society. We live in a society where many of the problems and obstacles we face are due to labeling and stereotypes produced by people who are not open-minded or have a scout mindset. Labeling impacts people immensely and is an aspect we should take into consideration when faced with problems, not only in our lives but others.

  • Give an example of a time you had a scout mindset.

If I were to examine my own life, looking for times where I had a scout mindset I would say I use it primarily when arguing with other people or friends. Though not to see my own side in comparison to the others but to see where the other sides opinions mainly come from as it helps to be able to predict what they would say or do next, and what would be hardest for them to contradict. I find it has helped in many arguments cause usually the other person only looks at their own side so they usually just try to prove that their side is right instead of trying to disprove the opponent. My favourite example of this is an argument I had with friends a while back on whether watching movies online is illegal or not, because I can see how it could be perceived to be illegal, your watching a movie without paying, thing is, that’s not illegal. It’s illegal to put it online as that’s creating a virtual copy, and you don’t have the right to make another copy (Copyright/pirating), but there is no law against watching content uploaded to the internet that is uploaded by a party with no right to the content, mostly because it would be near impossible to police. Another time when using a scout mindset is useful I’ve found is when someone screws up, as its easy to instantly judge them for the screwup but usually people tend to have a reason for their screwup or their own problem’s that influence their reasoning. So, I’ve found its useful when trying to mend relations or trying to be understanding to have a scout mindset instead of a soldier mindset.

  • Give an example of a time you had a soldier mindset.

From what I seem to understand of the soldier mindset, it would be most useful in things that require instinct rather then overthinking. A few places where this would work would be in times where you need to make split second decisions where taking a moment to think things through would not end in a satisfactory result. The first thing that comes to mind is sports, since in sports a lot of the time you need to rely on your instincts and quickly decide on what course of action to take. The example that comes to mind instantly to me is from skiing; when skiing you are usually on snow which gives you friction allowing you to lean from side to side as well as move your skis and push against the snow and move, but sometimes it quickly switches from snow to ice. Sometimes, its not obvious where there is ice so when you hit it, you suddenly unexpectedly start sliding instead of moving, at which point you don’t have time to think and continue, since when skiing your usually at angle, so when you suddenly switch from snow to ice you need to quickly correct yourself and get to an angle where you can slide down till you hit snow again. If you took the time to think what to do, you’d fall on your side, hit the snow, and continue sliding; slamming into ice is not something I would recommend, so having a soldier mindset to running into problems while skiing, would be usually recommended.

  • What do you think it means to be labeled?

What do I think it means to be labeled? Well, I think being labeled means being given attributes and characteristics based off the persons perceived thoughts on you. This can come from stereotype’s based off how they see you, the actions they have seen you commit, the things they have heard about you, and other varying factors. It can also be used to split groups into parts; say you have a group project with 10 other people, you could use labels to effectively spilt the project into parts so that its more efficiently done, the artsy people could be in charge of presentation and decoration, the talkative people in charge of script, and so on for the rest. Labelling is simply being attributed different traits based off of previously perceived views.

  • Being a scout 

Similar to @Lauren Jang (Charles Best), being an indecisive person sways me to have a scout mindset. When making decisions, I always value both sides to the story in order to confirm that I'm making the best decision for myself and/or others. However, it is when I am conducting research that I use my scout mindset to the fullest of its ability. Just last week in my English class, we were instructed to chose an article about a current event in an attempt to find bias. When reading argumentative pieces, I had to be very cautious to not become swayed with the passionately connotated words of the author. By using my scout mindset, I was able to see the other side of the story - even if I didn't necessarily agree with it. Therefore, I gathered more information about the subject. My opinion wasn't altered necessarily but understanding that picking and choosing information will not allow me to gather a clear image of what is truly happening is the first step of having a scout mindset. 

  • Being a soldier 

Although having a scout mindset is very beneficial for a student, having a soldier mindset is equally important. Being someone who fights for what they believe in, I often use my soldier mindset to successfully argue my point. An example of this is after I receive a mark on a test or exam that I'm not too happy about. If there is even the slightest discrepancy or room for argument, I will be at my teacher's desk advocating on why I deserve those extra few marks. In situations like this, having a soldier mindset is very beneficial because the firmer and more confident you seem, the greater chance you will have of completing your mission (which in this case is persuading your audience).

  • Labels

After forming an opinion on someone, it is not uncommon to label them - consciously or subconsciously. Your opinion on someone may be based on superficial factors such as appearance or race, or it may be based on someone's personality or their actions. We may try to avoid it, but it is human nature to judge. Labelling may work in your favour, but it can also do the opposite. For example, if you have a reputation to be studious, hard-working and trustworthy it is very possible that you will have a good label in the minds of others. However, the same person may be labelled as a "teacher's pet" or a "suck-up." Generally, I think it's fair to say that labels are very divisive and can be harmful. Even if there is someone who you may not like or enjoy spending time with, it may be beneficial to use a scout mindset to understand their side of the story in order to empathize instead of simply judging them immediately.

  • Scout mindset: My personal understanding about "Scout mindset" is judged some things unbiased.  For example, when  you are doing a research, having Scout mindset could help you better gather resources because it helps you to keep your mind open that could think further that the origins. Hence, when doing a research, or setting a experiment, having open mind is necessary. 
  • Soldier mindset: It is like a soldier has to win whereas he or she failed. For the students as us, the best example as lots of people already mentioned is debate. Besides, it also means quick judgment. Take myself as an example, I always struggled on some day thing, even should I eat sushi or should I eat BBQ. The confusion like this do waste lots of time. So, I think that having solider mindset is important as well. 


  • Labeling: In my opinion, labeling actually helps a lot, especially for the organization. During the daily life, I prefer to organize all my stuff with proper labels. For instance, the folders on my phone, which are the types as: Games, Chatting tools, Music, Video, Study and so on. Those labels for each apps do help me better know where is the app I want to find. Therefore, I think the proper labels could helps people during the daily life. 

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